Should the Pirates start spending this offseason? – Part Two

In August, I considered whether the Pirates starting lineup could be significantly improved through free agency this upcoming offseason. I completed that post by promising a part two. Well, that was more than two months ago, but a promise is a promise.

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Pirates Winter League Recap: 10/24-10/30

The Mesa Solar Sox went 2-4 this week, and currently sit 9-8, two games behind the Scottsdale Scorpions.  Here is how the Pirates prospects fared this week: -Andrew Lambo played in five games this week, going 5-for-18 (.278) with two doubles, a walk, and five strikeouts. -Tony Sanchez had a down week at the plate, going 2-for-12 (.167), although he finished strong with a solo homer on Saturday.  Sanchez walked twice, and struck out...

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2010 Dominican Winter League Stats

The 2010 Dominican Winter League runs from October 22, 2010 to December 21, 2010.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the following players participating this year: Dusty Brown Pedro Ciriaco Michael Dubee Jason Jaramillo Andy Marte Starling Marte Charlie Morton Cesar Valdez Here are the 2010 stats, updated weekly every Sunday. (Last Update:...

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Morton Deserves Another Shot

This time last year there was a common phrase going around: Charlie Morton had great numbers outside of that one bad start in Chicago.  Morton posted a 4.55 ERA in 18 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates, after coming over in the Nate McLouth trade.  That one start was a one inning, ten run outing against the Cubs.  Outside of that start, Morton had a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts, spanning 96 innings. A year later, Morton is coming off a...

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Candidates To Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years.  Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions.  The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players, very few of whom have established themselves as solid major leaguers.  Many of the players who were acquired as major leaguers, or near-ready major leaguers, are out of options.  Many of the...

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